THE friends and family of a dad-of-two who was diagnosed with a rare form of bone marrow cancer are running a virtual 10k to raise awareness of the condition.

Paul Sankey from Haydock was diagnosed with myeloma six weeks ago after suffering from pain in his back.

The shock diagnosis means the marathon runner is now undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

Alongside his family, he hopes to raise money and awareness of the condition to help others with the same diagnosis, by completing a virtual 10k.

A virtual 10k is where participants join an event where they run and walk, jog or run their chosen distance – anywhere they want – over the course of the month to complete it.

Paul, 44, who is a member of the Isabella Rose Foundation’s running group, said: “After a scan they gave me the news that I had myeloma and my world has been turned upside down by the news.

“We decided as a family to raise money and awareness for Myeloma UK which is the leading charity researching this rare condition.

“Around 35 to 40 friends and family are taking part, and I am hoping to, if I can, join in on the day.

“I’m currently undergoing my first cycle of chemotherapy and we have raised just under £900 which is amazing.

“The event itself will be on Saturday, February 24 and if anyone wants to get involved it would mean so much.”

Myeloma UK is an organisation that helps those diagnosed with the condition, their families and loved ones.

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